Hershberger grew up in Hesston, Kan., and lives in Topeka, Kan. He has worked as a full-time painter in his home studio since 1980. Hershberger received an associate's degree from Hesston College, a bachelor's degree in fine arts and a master's degree in painting from Emporia (Kan.) State University. Past honors Hershberger has received include acceptance into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Kansas Governor's Arts Awards and a Kansas Artists Award.
"The work of painting is a common enough pursuit. Like most everyone else, I'm simply doing what I feel I need to be doing," Hershberger said. "I'm finding a deepening appreciation for the rhythm of process. The more I paint, the less distinction I discern between occupation, avocation and recreation -- between what I have to do and what I want to do."
Encaustic painting is an ancient technique that combines hot wax with resin and color pigment, and then applied in its semi-liquid form to the panel as paint. Though the medium is not easy to use, the technique is known for its tactile texture and beeswax fragrance.